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This keynote session brings together Mine Ventilation leaders from around the world, well-known and quoted experts whose knowledge, vision and leadership will educate and inspire the room. Each of them will present on their area of expertise and the audience will be invited to ask questions.
Principal Engineer, SRK Consulting (U.S.)
Mr. Wallace is a Principal Engineer for SRK Consulting (U.S.). Prior to merging with SRK in 2016, he was president of Mine Ventilation Services, Inc. based in California. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in mining engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. For the past 35 years he has been involved in numerous mine ventilation projects for both coal, metal, industrial and tunnel projects. He is a past chairman of the Underground Ventilation Committee of the Society of Mining Engineers in the United States. He has authored over 35 papers on mine ventilation topics and was the editor for the North American Mine Ventilation Symposium held in Reno, Nevada in 2008.
Director, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, NIOSH
Dr. R.J. Matetic currently serves as Director of the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division of NIOSH, where the top priority is to build a multifaceted research portfolio addressing the health and safety needs of the mining industry through the development of new technologies, best practices, and training products. Dr. Matetic holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Penn State University, a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University. He has authored more than 65 technical and programmatic publications and has delivered more than 200 technical and programmatic presentations to a wide variety of audiences promoting the research portfolio of the NIOSH Mining Program.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University
Dr D J (Rick) Brake is a Chartered Practicing Mining Engineer, based in Brisbane, Australia, with 40 years’ experience in mining. Rick was Ventilation Superintendent for the four Mount Isa underground mines in the mid-1980s. He has been a member of the Editorial or Organising Committees for many ventilation conferences. He has consulted on more than 150 mining projects globally and he been called as an expert witness in a number of legal proceedings. He has presented over 100 training courses on mine ventilation, egress and entrapment, heat stress, airborne contaminants and mine cooling and heating, has published almost 60 technical papers in these areas and has given keynote speeches at many conferences. In addition to consulting, he is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Resources Engineering Program at Monash University, Australia. In 2017, he was granted the Howard Hartman award by the Society of Mining Engineers for “Outstanding Service in the Field of Mine Ventilation Engineering”, the first non-North American to be honoured with this award.
General Manager, Mining Projects, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations
Shayne Wisniewski is the General Manager Mining Projects at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. He has 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including five years in Chile and Peru, South America. Since 2007, Shayne has held senior management roles in the mill and mines of the Company. His expertise lies in aligning teams toward a common vision and goal, and motivating people to produce and be accountable. As Fraser Mine Director, Shayne expanded the mine from 200 to 400 people while executing two capital projects. Prior to that, he successfully directed the completion and conversion of the Nickel Rim South Project to an operating mine, exceeding production and feasibility expectations. Currently, Shayne is accountable for evaluating and advancing Onaping Depth, Nickel Rim Depth and Norman projects from venture level to feasibility and project execution. Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Shayne obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Norcat.